Integrated Foundation level 3 students from across all of our campuses have been busy over the last few months planning and running an event or social enterprise as part of their 'Routes to Success' module and in the process have raised over £900 for charity along with supporting local schools and community groups.
There has been a variety of popular activity to support fantastic causes across the region, ranging from a 24 hour triathlon held at our Lancaster campus to help raise funds for St John’s Hospice to an operational clean up on the River Eden following the flooding in Cumbria.
The following is a full round up of the activity undertaken by our students:
At our Lancaster campus:
24 Hour Triathlon
A 24 hour triathlon relay was organised by Sport and Education Studies students in Lancaster. The event was held to raise funds for St John’s hospice in Lancaster, £400 was raised. Student and staff volunteers completed time slots of 15 minutes, half an hour or an hour to complete 8 hours of cycling, running and rowing.
School Athletics Event
Year 3 children from a local primary school, Scotforth, St Pauls, Lancaster attended a fun afternoon of athletics activities organised by some of our sports students. During the afternoon the children took part in standing long jump, shot put, javelin and hurdle events and finished off with a team relay. All the children taking part received a certificate and a medal for participating.
Football vs Rugby Match
A Football vs Rugby Match was organised by a group of sport students raising £100 for a teenage cancer trust. Members of the University of Cumbria’s football and rugby teams came together to play 45 minutes of touch rugby and 45 minutes of football. The event was also supported by the university's Student Union.
Activity Afternoon for Children with Additional Needs
BA Education Studies students organised an afternoon of fun activities for children with additional needs. The activities organised included arts and crafts, soft play, parachute games, building blocks and sport activities.
At our Carlisle campus:
Cake Sale and Quiz
A double event was organised by students on Animal Conservation Science and Marine & Freshwater Conservation students as a fundraiser for Animal Rescue in Carlisle. The cake sale was followed in the evening by a quiz night and raffle which raised £200 for the charity.
BSc Zoology students undertook a day of volunteering at the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Carlisle during which they cleaned the surrounding walk ways, fences and railings. They then held a fundraising event including a ‘Hog Wash’ to raise awareness of the plight of hedgehogs. In total they raised £97.
Volunteer Conservation flood clean-up
Following the floods in Carlisle last December, students studying Conservation Biology, Biology and Marine & Freshwater Conservation organised an operational clean-up along Steeles Bank Road near Warwick Bridge, where the River Eden had broken its banks and a lot of rubbish and debris had been left behind when the water had receded. The clear-up was prompted by concern for local wildlife and a need for the restoration of natural habitats as well as a desire to help the local community and residents in the area.
Forensic Science Society
BSc Forensic and Investigative Science students have set up a Forensic Science Society as part of the Universities Students Union Club and Societies. The idea to have a subject specific society that will enable students on the programme to come together and get involved with a number of activities and events was supported by the Programme Leader Nigel Smith who said “that the team had hoped students would do this for a long time so were delighted that this is now available”.
Health & Wellbeing Week
The Students Union organised Health & Wellbeing Week from the 10 March, where two groups of students organised tables of fundraising activities including cakes, raffles, guess the name of the bear, guess how many sweets in the jar and donation boxes to raise awareness of Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation. Over £100 was raised.
Kathryn Hoyle, Academic Lead for Integrated Foundation Year Programmes at the university said, "This is the first year that we have run this programme and the team were delighted with how the students embraced the running of these events. They showed great commitment, dedication and hard work in putting on these events and we are thrilled with how much money they have raised for great causes and how they have helped the local community. They are a credit to the university."